The University of Southampton

Professor Nick Jennings appointed Vice Provost at Imperial College London

Published: 12 January 2016

Professor Nick Jennings is to leave the University to become Vice Provost (Research) at Imperial College London from 4 April 2016.

Professor Jennings will take responsibility for developing and spearheading Imperial’s research strategy, and for enhancing the quality, impact, management and delivery of research in the College.

A globally-recognised authority in artificial intelligence, autonomous systems and agent-based computing, Professor Jennings is Head of Electronics and Computer Science (ECS) at Southampton and the UK’s first and only Regius Professor of Computer Science. Since his appointment at Southampton in 1999, Professor Jennings has undertaken a number of leadership roles including Deputy Head of Department, Associate Dean and Head of the Agents, Interaction and Complexity research group.

He also served as the government’s inaugural Chief Scientific Adviser for National Security from 2010 to 2015 and was recently made Companion of the Order of the Bath in the Queen’s New Year Honours List for his services to computer science and national security science.

Professor Bashir Al-Hashimi, Dean of Physical Sciences and Engineering said:

“I wish to congratulate Nick on his new appointment and would like to take the opportunity to say how his new post reflects Nick’s outstanding academic standing and influence within the wider higher education community.

“ECS at Southampton has provided an environment to actively support Nick in his achievements. We all thank Nick for his contribution to ECS and wish him the very best for the future.”

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